You may have noticed from my blogs over the last six weeks, that I have become exceptionally fond of grouse.
When I am spending many hours up on the moors, sitting, watching, listening, trying to stay awake and attempting to keep warm and dry … the grouse keep me entertained. Their endless chit chat and hilarious vocalisations. Their little family bonds and quirky behaviours. Their vigilance, taking it in turns to be look-outs, like meerkat.
But when I return to the moors after my days off, I will return to a sad sound. The sound of gunshots, aimed at these innocent, delightful little fellows.
Glorious? What exactly is glorious about killing anything? And how is it a sport? The startled, frightened grouse are driven towards the shooters by beaters. That, is canned hunting. Not sport.
Intensive land management to encourage more grouse to breed, damages our fragile (and supposedly protected) moorland habitats. In turn, increasing flooding on the land below, and increasing the release of greenhouse gases. Other species are killed. Predators, for obvious reasons. And even hares, as they can potentially carry vectors of disease.
This continued ‘sport’ is unnecessary, outdated, damaging to our environments – locally and globally, cruel and ridiculous. Enough is enough.
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